Afghan Bistro

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Afghan
Afghan Bistro, located in Springfield, VA provides guests an authentic Afghan cuisine with a modern flair.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary, great experience

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GB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please was great and the employees were nice and courteous. Most importantly the food was great. Would come back

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ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lady and man servers on March 14 for dinner posses very pleasing personalities. Very nice dinner. We keep coming back to Afghan Bistro because of the excellent food and the wonderful people.
Maria

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had reservations at 5:30 and were seated; the restaurant filled quickly, small quaint dining area. Great menu choices, serve warm flat bread, with 4 dipping sauces, hot red, mango chutney (little spicy), avocado cilantro and jalapeño. Also brought two bottles of ice water. An ok wine menu. Fantastic choice of appetizers- tried the spicy beef dumplings, it was topped off with tomatoes and small dry cooked peas. Menu described it a little differently. Also tried the Lentil soup, it was brought to table scorching hot, had to wait but it was worth it. For dinner I had the lamb shank moghuli - it was to die for, tender lamb off the bone with a tomato based thickened sauce, egg plant and tiny rice. Other dinners were chicken kabobs cooked to perfection and chicken lawman, tender to the bite.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family gathering at a GREAT restaurant.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were welcoming, warm and engaging - attentive without being intrusive. The food was wonderfully spiced, beautifully presented and served hot! I wanted to try more menu items than I had room to eat, so several return trips will be in order! All around delightful experience.

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1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, it was served nice and hot. I ordered the chicken kabob and it was really juicy.
Service was excellent.
The only thing I didn’t like, the windows were completely blacked out. We went for lunch, I would have liked to see outside. I understand if you don’t want anybody to look in but you should be able to look out.
Other than that it was amazing I will go back again.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful meal for five - everything was fantastic. We will be back!

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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic meal and excellent, courteous service. For the price of the meals, I expected a little nicer surroundings, but hopefully they are considering that for the future. Will definitely be back, even if it is just for carryout!

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MA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time but won't be the last time. Fantastic, flavorful, served hot and with a smile! Loved it there!

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S
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! I’m working my way through the excellent menu!

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p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a great meal with great service

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t
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I invited 3 girlfriends for a late lunch that had not been before. They were shocked at this cozy fine dining feel and all were planning to bring family soon. Great place for us to catch up and enjoy amazing food.

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HD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Afghan restaurant in the Springfield area is the Afghan Bistro. As someone who has visited Afghanistan as a tourist when being one was possible, I think the cuisine here is the most authentic.
Do make a reservation, because not finding a table there is catastrophic!
Thank you for being nearby.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service exceptional. Just remember to make a reservation!

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JD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent as usual. The dining area was crowded but not overwhelming. Our out of town guest loved it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem, once you get past the blacked out storefront.
Friendly, helpful staff; great food; reasonably priced. Vegetarian and non, there’s something to please all pallets; dishes deliciously spiced and packed with flavor.

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service all around.

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BM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the arshat, lamb tenderloin special, and cardamon ice cream were outstanding!!

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RH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a great experience for dates!

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T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy restaurant at a very decent price. Yummy and authentic food!

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. Service superb! Love this restaurant!

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JH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The lamb tenderloins melt in your mouth. The Quiroti was delicious. Service was impeccable, friendly and helpful. You are able to eat at a leisurely pace and you are asked very politely if you are ready to have your plates removed (no pressure). Afghan Bistro always makes the top ten best restaurants list on Open Table in the DC area. It deserves this rating and it is way we are return customers.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is excellent every time we visit! Delicious!

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I usually eat at Afghan Bistro and I have never been disappointed with the food. This time I had Kachaloo with Mushrooms Lawaan and it was great. The place is not much to look at, but it is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. It will remain on my list of go-to restaurants.

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t
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a small restaurant located in a strip mall but looks are deceiving. The service is great and the food is delicious. I had the special which was an oxtail stew served with bismatti rice. The sauce was tomato based and a little spicey and the oxtail was nice and tender. My husband had the chicken and seekh kebabs which he enjoyed. We’re from out of town and will continue to return to Afghan Bistro whenever we’re in town. The food here is definitely made with love and it shows.

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JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As many other reviews stated, this is a hidden gem. You need to make a reservation and be prepared for a cramped tight place but it adds to the experience. The food is well flavored. The service is excellent and it was a great vacation from daily life. A fun date night for adventurous eaters. I will definitely be back.

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EK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eleven people and all really enjoyed their meal. Service was wonderful.

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OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is so good and full of flavor!! I love the variety of seasoning and the menu has a lot of options. Only problem is narrowing down what to order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, starting right from the 4 sauces offered with the naan bread to start. The meats are tender and flavorful, and the veggies are interesting and yummy. Branch out from kabobs and try everything— it’s all good! We’ll definitely be back, despite the 1 hour drive!

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CR
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Afghan Bistro is always on point. Great service and the food is amazing! I look forward to traveling to the area just to experience it all.

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AL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Many options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Something for the most adventurous eater and also for those less adventurous. My kids love it, too!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! The staff is excellent and very attentive! They are very friendly and knowledgeable. It is obvious they love what they do and they go out of their way to make you feel like family. Since this place is so popular, I highly advise making a reservation. All the food is amazing and the service is top notch!

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. Reservations a must for lunch or dinner. Three of us had the rack of lamb. Always a winner. I decided to forgo that,even though it is my favorite. I had one of the specials, Goat stew and was very happy. Missed the music. Seems they’ve moved that to the new DC place

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service are both excellent! We will definitely be back!

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VA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good little place, a bit cramped, hence reason for not giving 5 stars. Good service and food was yummy. Our table was in the corner with our daugther jutting out. Big party seated next to us and they kept pushing her chair and going over her. I get the place is small, and staff was very nice, but not very comfortable. Desserts were great!

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HR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is wonderful, it’s always busy so reservations are a must for dinner. The food is sooo good along with an assortment of sauces to put on your bread. I recommend this place

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful service

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LM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is nondescript with blacked out windows and not much other than an open sign to indicate they are in business. But once inside it is warm and inviting. The service was wonderful and our table asked for recommendations that were happily provided. I'm gluten free and most items on the menu were fine for me. The food was incredibly flavorful and very generous portions. It's a small place and filled up so I recommend making a reservation.

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